LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A heavy police presence was at the funeral of one of the victims from last week's deadly shootout in the west end. Loved ones poured into a funeral home on Tuesday to say goodbye to Craig Bland Junior, 22.
WAVE 3 has also learned that two other individuals who were injured in the shootout on Thursday have been released from the hospital and have not been charged.
Emotions ran high at Bland's funeral at Perryman's Mortuary.
"Every time you turn around it's one thing or another and I just wish it would stop," said Tonya Woodford, family friend of Bland.
"You can't explain it unless you been really close or something tragic like that happened," said Deja Lee, friend of Bland. "It's a lot of grief a lot of crying."
Police and people in the community have called Thursday's violence senseless.
Tyson Mimms, 24, and Bland who also was known as CJ, were killed and two others wounded in a shootout on South 32nd Street. Mimms' girlfriend, Makeba Lee, was later shot to death by another woman police identified as Cheetara Goldsmith. An officer then shot and injured Goldsmith, now charged with Lee's murder.
Sources tell WAVE 3 that Goldsmith was Bland's girlfriend.
During his funeral, police in marked and unmarked cars kept a close eye. The fear is retaliation.
"A lot of people want to retaliate against CJ (Craig), people want to retaliate against Tyson, then Makeba, there are lot of people that are upset," said Lee.
Community Activist Christopher 2X said the heinous crime scene on Thursday should serve as a wake up call but he fears it won't. Despite community outreach and the plea to stop the violence, he said change needs to start early on.
"Get into 20-35 year olds it's hard to get to those individuals who already got ongoing vendettas," said Christopher 2X. "Everyone within the family tree who is aware of those ongoing situations has to be the best advocate for those in the community."
Christopher 2X said the Bland family has been devastated by homicides in the past. Police have not charged anyone yet in Bland or Mimms' murder.
If you have any information you are asked to call the antonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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